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Royal News Round Up – 23rd November

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With Prince Charles’s 70th birthday coming to a close, The Royals’ busy schedule of appointments continues unabated. From a post box time capsule to the anniversary of a certain wedding engagement, here are the highlights of the Royal calendar from the last five days.

When Harry proposed to Meghan

Next Friday will mark one year since Prince Harry became engaged to Meghan Markle. Since their wedding in May this year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have undertaken a royal tour of Oceania and announced they’re expecting their first child in spring next year.

Harry and Meghan announcing their engagement.

The couple’s anniversary provides no respite from Royal duties, however. On November 26th and 27th, Prince Harry will be in Zambia at the request of The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, while the Duchess remains in the UK. As President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, he is scheduled to attend a number of events celebrating UK and Zambia relations, including honouring Zambian veterans who fought in the First and Second World Wars, and visiting a technology and innovation hub.

Building a brighter future

Tuesday marked the 71st year of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s marriage. The Queen spent the day at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for its 150th birthday, viewing a 13,000 Lego-piece model of their headquarters, and personally locking a post box filled with a bottle of whiskey, a message from the current President John Hughes, and guidance notes that will be opened on the Institute’s 200th anniversary. Now that Prince Philip has retired from Royal duties, the couple later met privately in what was a low-key anniversary.

 

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Cooking for Grenfell

The Duchess of Sussex has developed a close relationship with the Hubb Community Kitchen since launching a charity cookbook in September to help victims of the Grenfell fire. This week she visited the community kitchen to help prepare 300 meals for people living in care homes, homeless shelters and women’s refuges, alongside Michelin-starred chef Clare Smyth, and the Grenfell survivors who started the kitchen. The Duchess has been making private visits to the kitchen since January to get first-hand experience of how the proceeds of Together: Our Community Cookbook are helping the Grenfell community.

 

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Trauma for William

This week, The Duke of Cambridge revealed for the first time how his job as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service began to take a toll on his mental health, after several ‘traumatic’ callouts involving children took him ‘over the edge’. At this year’s ‘This Can Happen’ conference at the O2 Centre in London, The Prince joined an on-stage discussion on how mental health is being tackled in demanding work environments.

 

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